Anesthesia is the most mysterious branch of medicine. Your anesthesiologist puts you in a medical coma so your surgeon can cut your skin. At the end, your anesthesiologist wakes you up. If done safely, there can be no side effects from this experience. How does anesthesia work so well?
Why do you need to know how anesthesia works? Because when you know what to expect, the better you can prepare. The better you prepare, the less painful your recovery is!
When you understand how your anesthesia works, the better you can prepare. The better you prepare, the less painful your recovery is.
When you know about your anesthesia, you have less to fear
Nearly 90% of patients have fear of anesthesia before surgery. 25% of patients will postpone surgery from fear of anesthesia. This can have a significant impact on your health! Specifically, patients are afraid of:
These fears are serious. In fact, some patients are more afraid of anesthesia than the surgery itself.
The good news, learning about the anesthesia before your surgery can reduce fear. In fact, many patients feel it's very important to meet with their anesthesiologist before surgery.
More preparation → less fear. Less fear → fewer complications.
The more you know, the less the fear. The less the fear, the fewer the complications.
Anxiety and fear are closely related before surgery. They feed off each other in many ways. Importantly, fear and anxiety can lead to many serious complications after surgery:
There are many ways to reduce anxiety - without medications! They involve preparing for your surgery. You want to know what to expect.
So how does anesthesia work?
There are 4 parts to anesthesia. Each one works affects a different part of your body to keep you safe during surgery:
Anesthesia is the most mysterious branch of medicine.
There are many types of anesthesia, too, like general anesthesia and sedation.
Your anesthesiologist takes care of these 4 parts (above). These 4 parts are included in whatever type of anesthesia is right for you:
Your anesthesia is personalized to you and your type of surgery. There's no "one size fits all."
How can I learn more about how my anesthesia works?
Your anesthesia is highly customized to you and your type of surgery. Learning more about your anesthesia is a powerful step in taking control of your surgery. You can reduce your pain and other side effects by "taking the driver seat." Your most trusted source will be your anesthesiologist!
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